Thanks all who marched to the Capitol on MLK Day!

Here’s the letter we gave to legislators. Feel free to send it to yours! Here’s where you find their contact info: http://app.leg.wa.gov/DistrictFinder/

Monday, January 16, 2017

We are poor. Never stop and forget that collectively – that means all of us together – collectively we are rich. Martin Luther King Jr

An open letter to Washington state legislators and our community:

2017 marks the 50-year anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign launched by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Today we are experiencing, both globally and nationally, unprecedented poverty and hardship in the midst of unheard of abundance and record inequality. Despite the official celebration of civil rights advances, racial and gender inequality remain as deep as ever.

I marched here to the Washington State Capitol today with others in my community to forward Dr. Reverend Martin Luther King Junior’s call for racial, social and economic justice. We call on you to work toward an equitable world where everyone is able to meet their basic needs and is appreciated for fulfilling their role in society. You have our deepest gratitude for your work on policies that support human rights at this crucial time in our nation’s political history.

In particular, we ask you to support the following policies:

• Governor Inslee’s proposed budget proposals to generate new revenue by closing outdated tax exemptions to support Energy Assistance and Transportation Support for programs such as Working Connections Child Care, Basic Food and Housing and Essential Needs.

• Eliminate asset limits (including vehicles) for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and State Family Assistance (SFA) recipients

• Increase cash grants for TANF/SFA and Refugee Cash Assistance by 7.5 percent and the ABD cash grant from $197 to $400.

• Support the City of Olympia resolution to become a sanctuary city by becoming a state that provides sanctuary to immigrants who will be targeted by changing national policies.

• Adopt the recommendations of the Use of Deadly Force in Community Policing Joint Task Force to remove references to malice and good faith from the law, collect state-level data on use of force by law enforcement, increase training for officers and improve Washington’s mental-health system.

• Begin addressing the school to prison pipeline that starts with isolation rooms in kindergarten and is continued through zero and low tolerance punishment policies targeting children with disabilities, children of color and poor children by creating a system to collect data correlating school discipline and race, ethnicity, abilities and income.

• Legalize Survival of our most vulnerable citizens by removing legal barriers to basic humans needs, including permanent location for shelter and 24/7 access to restrooms.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called upon the dispossessed of this nation to organize a revolution against the structures through which the society is refusing to take means which have been called for, and which are at hand, to lift the load of poverty. We intend to organize ourselves – as the poor – with all people of faith and conscience who believe that poverty is immoral and unnecessary — to reignite Rev. Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign. We will continue to take action together and become that “new and unsettling force in our complacent national life.”

Sincerely,

Your name and address

POWER News for March 16, 2016

POWER will be showing art at spring artswalk – April 22nd and 23rd.

We will be continuing our Sock Monkeys for Social Justice exhibit.

Join us for POWER Outage on Monday, April 4th for a sock monkey workshop. Make a sock monkey that reflects a story from your life. It’s fun and cathartic.
POWER Outage starts with a potluck at 5:30 and goes til 8 pm at the POWER office, 309 5th Avenue, in downtown Olympia. Kids are welcome of course!

Join the facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/562366107251207/

Let us know if you are interested in volunteering to help with artswalk – info@mamapower.org or call us at 360-701-3570.

Below:

  1. Washington state caucuses and primaries explained!
  2. Article from England’s Guardian about welfare reform.
  3. Safeplace in Olympia is hiring

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March POWER Outage: Seed & Sprout Exchange (with FREE seeds from GRuB!)

Monday, March 7 – 5:30-8pm

at POWER – 309 5th Ave SE, Olympia

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1722053851341916/

Bring your garden ideas, dreams and plans, and your extra seeds and sprouts, and we’ll learn from each other and share together. Kids are welcome and it is a potluck!

POWER News for February 29, 2016

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March POWER Outage

Seed & Sprout Exchange (with FREE seeds from GRuB!)

Monday, March 7, 5:30 pm

POWER, 309 5th Avenue SE, Olympia WA 98501

Seed & Sprout Exchange with FREE Seeds from GruB! Bring your garden ideas, dreams and plans, and your extra seeds and sprouts, and we’ll learn from each other and share together. Kids are welcome and it is a potluck!


below:

  1. Still time to submit written testimony against a bad food stamp bill.
  2. Ask legislators to pass anti discrimination housing bill!
  3. Speed Roommating and Monthly Housing Workshop in Olympia.
  4. Economics for Everyone Reading Group.
  5. Job opportunities from Portland to Seattle!

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POWER News for February 1, 2016

Join us tonight for February POWER Outage!

Journal Making and Autobiography Writing Workshop

5:30 tonight
February 1

POWER, 309 5th Avenue SE
in downtown Olympia
next door to Rainy Day Records

You are welcome to bring a potluck dish to share.

From 6 – 8 we will each be creating our own personal journal to take home. And we will discuss different ways of writing in a journal and how to use a journal to write your own life story.

Materials will be provided, and if you have more stuff you want to bring please do. Each person is encouraged to make their journal however they want it! It might be helpful to think ahead of time about how you want it to look and bring stuff to make it that way. It will be optional to share a journal entry but no one will be pressured.

Kids are welcome. Alya from the Olympia Childcare Collective will be on hand for fun and play. Children are also welcome to make journals.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Contact POWER at:

POWER – Parents Organizing For Welfare and Economic Rights
309 5th Avenue SE,
Olympia, WA 98501

360-352-9716
toll free 866-343-9716

monica@mamapower.org
www.mamapower.org
Find us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mamapower.org

POWER is an organization of low-income parents and allies advocating for a strong social safety net while working toward a world where children and care giving are truly valued, and the devastation of poverty has been eradicated.


Below:

  1. Join Columbia Legal Services in fighting for TANF grant increase this legislative session! Would you be willing to testify? Write your TANF story? Let us know!
  2. Sign Mom’s Rising’s petition to make paid family leave a priority this legislative session!
  3. Elizabeth Warren’s interesting Op Ed about corporate welfare and presidents!
  4. Interested in going to the Oly Old Time Fest, but don’t have $30? Volunteer! Also workshops are free!
  5. Another volunteer opportunity. Apply to join Olympia Food Cooperative Board and earn hours toward a 25% discount in groceries!

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Pictures from MLK Day March

Thanks to everyone who came out today. Thanks to the Artesian Rumble Arkestra once again for making our march awesome! Thanks to Mary Katherine Vent and Heather Wood for making exactly the right amount of lunches! Thanks to Lennée Reid for organizing a powerful spoken word program. Have I mentioned that single mamas are amazing? And thanks to Laura Downing for a lot of behind the scenes support work.

February POWER Outage: Journal Making and Autobiography Writing Workshop

Monday, February 1

POWER – 309 5th Ave SE, Olympia

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527972577530874/

Please join us for February’s P.O.W.E.R. Outage! We will each be creating our own personal journal to take home. And we will discuss different ways of writing in a journal and how to use a journal to write your own life story. Materials will be provided, and if you have more stuff you want to bring please do. Each person is encouraged to make their journal however they want it! It might be helpful to think ahead of time about how you want it to look and bring stuff to make it that way. It will be optional to share a journal entry but no one will be pressured. Kids are welcome and it is a potluck. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

POWER News for January 10, 2016

MLK Day March!

Monday, January 18th at Noon

From downtown Olympia to the Capitol

Meet at 10 am for children’s activities and sign painting at POWER Parents Organizing for Welfare and Economic Rights
309 5th Avenue SE, next door to Rainy Day Records
Questions? Contact us at 360-352-9716 monica@mamapower.org www.mamapower.org

Take a stand for racial and economic justice!


Below:

  1. Department of Early Learning is asking for your feedback.
  2. Fact of the week from Coalition for Human Needs
  3. Sign WA CAN’s petition with a solution to tax inequity!
  4. 5 Reasons TANF Is Not a Model Assistance Program
  5. Safeplace is hiring a Spanish advocate.

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MLK Day March on Monday, January 18, 2016

Meet at POWER (309 5th Ave SE, Olympia) at 10 am for children’s activities and sign painting. POWER is next door to Rainy Day Records.

We will march at noon from downtown Olympia to the Capitol!

There are many local speakers scheduled after the march including Luvva J, Old Growth Poetry Collective, Alex Puckett, and Lennée Reid

Questions? Contact us at 360-352-9716 monica@mamapower.org www.mamapower.org or visit the Facebook Event Page

Take a stand for racial and economic justice!